You can call it an orange, or a banana (like CNN) . But Porsche calls is a 911 RSR. And they are the only one's that matter. None of us matter in the least. We didn't build it. PAG builds it for Racing Teams.Go PORSCHE RSR’s!!!!!
You can call it an orange, or a banana (like CNN) . But Porsche calls is a 911 RSR. And they are the only one's that matter. None of us matter in the least. We didn't build it. PAG builds it for Racing Teams.
The new 911 RSR
"The new Porsche 911 RSR is the result of passion, spirit of engineering, tradition and craftsmanship. It is the spearhead of the 911 family and has a single goal: to master the challenges in international GT endurance racing."
For anyone watching part of the race on Velocity, do you notice anything weird? The hour or so I watched this afternoon, the only thing the commentators did was talking about the 911s. Once in a while they mentioned a Corvette or Ford GT but the 911s dominated the discussion.
Why is that weird? Because while they were talking, once in a while, you'd see maybe a LMP2 car flash its white highs to blow buy them. Virtual, NO discussion of LMP1 or LMP2 other than the chyron flashing Toyota in the lead.
Why is this significant? Because all the Tech trickles down from the LMP1 cars. What we might be watching the death bell for ICE racing, the beginning, but nevertheless the beginning of the end.
Since when were the commentator not interested in what is going on in LMP1?
I agree. I used to like F1 racing - even went to a few races - but it isn't much anymore. NASCAR stinks too.Personally, I much prefer this type of racing to hyper-dollar F1 (Ferrari F1 budget last year = $470 million). The strategy of pit stops, night driving, actual repairs, non-hand grenade motors, driver changes, etc. all make it far more interesting to me.
I drove to Indy last year to watch Alonso, and he delivered big time. He really had a shot at winning it. Well, until Honda engine blew up againI was impressed that Velocity had the guts to cover the entire race end to end tapped into the European broadcast. Kudos to them for doing that. I watched a large percentage of the race except for getting a few hours sleep. I thought there was good work done to cover the cars in all classes. I am happy for Toyota but a tad hollow without and Audi or Porsche there but still you cannot take away from the sheer tenacity and outstanding result. I am an Alonso fan and really happy for him. He can be a character at times but a tip of the hat to someone like him who wants to be viewed as a complete, all around world class driver. Two F1 Championships, LeMans Champion, and gotta believe Indy 500 at some point. I was also really happy for SB, ex F1, Jensen Button taking a run at it too.
Any cool/fun stories from your time with Team Rafanelli? I figure back in those days it was a lot more loose/fun atmosphere, these days teams are all run like corporations I imagine.Interesting that Dempsey-Proton car was also a mid-engined 911. This is the first year that the Pro and AM class Prosches are essentially the same cars. I also thought it was interesting that Porsche had to carry more weight after their qualifying runs and still was the class of the field. It was a bit perplexing to me how relatively out of it the Corvettes were......I suspect that Corvette is really going to need to move to that mid-engine that is being bandied about to really stay highly competitive............the rest of the world has caught up and passed them by. And, they have always been good in tying racing and street cars together.
The $100Million referenced that Toyota spent? I think that is a bit on the light side of reality. One of the commentators alluded to that as well. If the effort for 2 cars was only $100million I suspect Porsche would still be in it. I can tell you from pretty good first hand knowledge that in 2002 the Audi R8 effort run by Joest in ALMS was about $220Million for their two car effort. Corvette was $32Million. I was in ALMS at the time with Team Rafanelli running the 550 Maranello for Olive Garden. Our budget was about $4.5Million for one car. And, we did surprisingly well with that small a budget..........no test mule, no wind tunnel............engines alone were about $1Million each (we had two) built by Elan Motorsports (race division of Panoz at the time).
Two hours to go...the pink pig is flying!
But I’m amazed at how close things are in LM GTE Pro...I haven’t watched sports car or endurance racing in like forever, is it normally this tight?
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That’s pretty awesome.ALMS even back then was pretty buttoned up. My main takeaways were what a relatively close knit family the racing community was (and still may be to some degree). We had arguably the best hospitality of the teams in terms of food and atmosphere. We had our own Italian chef who also chef'd for Schumi many times during the season. Friday nights and Saturday nights were a who's who of drivers all joining for dinner because we had the best food and best atmosphere. It was not unusual to see McNish, Fellows, Biela, Dindo Capella, Papis and the like sitting at dinner. All were very friendly and we had great conversation. Actually got to be quite good friends with Max Papis (he drove our car for the longer endurance runs as 3rd driver). The other thing for me was how little fans probably know or appreciate how hard the crews work to prep cars and the brutal nature of pulling all nighters when a driver had an off track excursion. There were times when the 'boys' did not get any sleep at all......it was a great experience and one that I am so glad that I had the chance to have.